National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

25 April 2019

YFCs in Cumbria will be better informed about the impact of alcohol and drugs thanks to a new initiative. 

Cumbria FYFC has received a £10,000 grant from the Cumbria Community Foundation to support its initiative over a three-year period. The project aims to deliver drugs and alcohol awareness sessions to 900 of the County’s YFC members aged 12–26 years of age.

Cumbria is working in partnership with The Well Communities, a not-for-profit community service provider specialising in supporting people with addictions and mental health issues.

Spearheaded by David Higham, founder and CEO of The Well, sessions have been designed specifically for young farmers and address the mental, emotional, physical and legal consequences of abusing drugs and alcohol, how to deal with peer pressure and where to get help. Recovering addicts are also part of the session and speak about their personal experiences.

The session has been rolled out to 145 young farmers in the last two months with further sessions planned.

As well as improving members’ knowledge and encouraging them to make informed choices to keep themselves and their friends safe, the County hopes that the initiative shows their local communities how seriously they are taking the issue of alcohol and drug abuse.

The informative sessions are also meant to encourage members to think of different ways to raise money for charity rather than resorting to social events.

Eamon Monaghan, Cumbria’s County Chairman, is leading on the project. He said: “Cumbria YFC is very proud of our proactive approach to drug and alcohol use in our County. In modern day society it is a very naive attitude to think that drugs aren’t around you and it is important that everyone is aware of the effects and how to deal with them. It’s important that County Federations take a pro-active stance against drug and alcohol abuse.”

YFCs wanting to raise awareness about the effects of alcohol can also run NFYFC's Know Your Limits Curve module.


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